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Fights Among Opposing Teams

Recently there has been a large number of fights between teams resulting in ejections and forfeits.
Please take the time to review this information before you may need it. Click the hyperlinks to access the documents. They are also posted on our website under the ‘Basketball’ tab.
  • MHSAA Point of Emphasis – New point of emphasis from the MHSAA explaining the procedure for officials when a fight occurs.
  • Remember that reports are mandatory and non-negotiable after a fight or disqualification that result from unsportsmanlike behavior.
  • Don’t forget reports of ‘Praise’ can also be submitted using the same system to recognize schools for sportsmanship and hospitality.
As we leave 2018 behind us and look forward to 2019, let’s hope we don’t need to face any more of these unfortunate situations. But we must be prepared to apply the rules accurately and consistently should a fight occur in one of our contests.
Thank you for working to get better
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Apparel Guide and Other Meeting Reminders

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Thank you to everyone who could attend the last meeting. Below are a couple of quick follow up items:
  • Click to review the new official MHSAA Apparel Guide. It’s a clear guide that has plenty of visual examples to help us be consistent with uniform regulations. It is also available on our MDAO website under Basketball and Tips.
  • Don’t forget to login to www.mhsaa.com and complete the basketball officials exam and the rules meeting if you have not done so already. Seriously, go do it now!
  • As the season moves along, please email us at metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com with any rules interpretation questions or interesting plays.
Good luck and have fun in your upcoming games!
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Upcoming Special Olympic Events

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Special Olympics of Michigan is looking for basketball officials for upcoming events. Dates include:
Saturday January 19th at Milford High School
Saturday February 9th at Dundee High School
Saturday March 2nd at Saline High School
If you’re interested in helping to support these events, please reach out to
Coordinator of Sports and Training for Special Olympics of Michigan Nick Zoroya at nick.zoroya@somi.org
Thank You
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Obituary for Linda Drolet, wife of official Gary Drolet

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Linda L. Drolet, age 71 of Berkley for 45 years, passed away at home surrounded by her family Friday, November 9, 2018. She was born September 5, 1947 in Ferndale to James and Barbara Watson.

Linda was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her husband and longtime official, Gary; children, David Hendricks, Deanna Hendricks, Michael Hendricks, Steven Hendricks, Meagan Hendricks, and Amber Drolet; and seven grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 14 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM the time of the Memorial Service at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1800 West Maple Road, Birmingham.

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Linda L Drolet, please visit:

https://www.sawyerfuller.com/obituaries/Linda-L-Drolet?obId=3456566#/obituaryInfo

Respectfully

Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Upcoming Basketball Meeting

Next Monday Night!
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials Basketball Meeting

Monday November 12th at 6:30pm
Birmingham Groves High School
20500 W 13 Mile Rd Beverly Hills MI 48025
In the cafeteria on the West side of the high school.

We will be going over points of emphasis and other important topics for the upcoming basketball season.

Some reminders from the last meeting:

If you missed Nate Hamptom’s rules presentation at our last meeting, please remember to log into Officials Services on the MHSAA website and watch it to receive credit. Completion of the rules presentation is a requirement to be tournament eligible.

Another requirement is to be a member in good standing with a local approved association. If you did not get a chance to register with us, you can register at the meeting on Monday or print a copy for mailing with your dues by clicking the following link:
Hard Copy 2018-2019 Registration

As a reminder, we’ve been advised by MHSAA to clear out our members in good standing for each sport every year. To be considered a member in good standing with the MDAO for a sport, remember to:
1) pay your dues for the year,
2) submit an updated registration form (even if your information has not changed) and
3) attend at least two meetings in each sport you officiate.

Please email to Bob Czech robertczech@comcast.net if you’re interested in working at the Detroit Country Day pre-season scrimmage November 17 & 18 or email Wallace Whitfield whitfield4024@comcast.net if you would like to work at John Glenn on November 17.

Don’t forget to order your MDAO gear from KV Sports of South Lyon at:
https://kvsportsonline.com/t/metro-detroit-athletic-officials

If you have conflicts attending at least two meetings in the sport(s) you officiate, please email us at: metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

40 Second Play Clock Clarification

If the only reason for stopping the clock  is to move the chains for a first down, the 40 second clock will run as normal regardless of inbounds or out of bounds first down.

Examples:

  1. Runner gains a first down in bounds – 40 second clock runs
  2. Runner gains first down ending out of bounds – 40 second clock runs
  3. Runner gains first down in bounds and is tackled by the facemask (or any other foul occurs during the down) – play clock set to 25 after penalty enforcement
  4. Runner gains first down ending out of bounds and is tackled by the facemask (or any other foul occurs during the down) – play clock is set to 25 after penalty enforcement

In examples #1 & #3, the game clock will begin when the referee winds the clock and should be done as soon as the umpire receives the ball. In example #2 & #4, the game clock will begin with the snap.

Tip Off Basketball Rules Meeting Reminder

Two weeks from today is the first
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials Basketball Meeting!
Monday October 29th at 6:30pm
Birmingham Groves High School
In the little theater on the West side of the high school.
Rules presentation for both coaches and officials by Nate Hampton
Officiating gear available for purchase from Purchase Officials and Correct Call
Please remember that one of the requirements to be tournament eligible is be a member in good standing with a local approved association. If you did not get a chance to register with us, you can register at the meeting on Monday or print a copy for mailing with your dues by clicking the following link:
As a reminder, we’ve been advised by MHSAA to clear out our members in good standing for each sport every year. To be considered a member in good standing with the MDAO for a sport, remember to:
1) pay your dues for the year,
2) submit an updated registration form (even if your information has not changed) and
3) attend at least two meetings in each sport you officiate.
If you have conflicts attending at least two meetings in the sport(s) you officiate, please email us at: metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com
Look forward to seeing you there!

Pre-Season Basketball Scrimmage

Pre-Season Basketball Scrimmage
John Glenn High School
Saturday November 17
9:00am – 5:00pm
There will be another varsity level pre-season basketball scrimmage opportunity for new and veteran officials. Three man as well as two man mechanics will be reviewed. We encourage everybody to take advantage and to prepare for basketball.
For a time slot, please contact
Wallace Whitfield whitfield4024@comcast.net or (248)981-7887.
We look forward to working with everyone to get ready for the upcoming season!
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Pre-season Basketball Clinic

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Pre-Season Basketball Clinic
Detroit Country Day High School
Saturday & Sunday November 17 & 18
We will be conducting a pre-season basketball clinic for all officials. Three man as well as two man mechanics will be reviewed. There will be veteran officials working, training and mentoring all officials during day and both on court and classroom opportunities are available. There is no charge for this clinic and attendance will count towards being a Member In Good Standing. We encourage everybody to take advantage and start getting into basketball mode.
Please contact Bob Czech robertczech@comcast.net for a time slot.
We look forward to working with everyone to get ready for the upcoming season!
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials